311: Cal Newport on Digital Minimalism


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Cal Newport is a computer science professor at Georgetown University. In addition to his academic research, he writes about the intersection of digital technology and culture. He is the author of 6 books, his most recent being the New York Times bestseller, Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World. In this interview, Eric and Cal discuss how to optimize the role of tech in our lives so that it supports us in the life we want to live., rather than depleting us and causing us to feel like we are giving it too much of our time and energy.

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In This Interview, Cal Newport and I Discuss Digital Minimalism and…

  • His book, Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World
  • The concerns about our digital lifestyle
  • The mixture of harm and benefit with social media
  • The costs of our digital lifestyle
  • Digital Maximalist vs Digital Minimalist
  • Starting with your values as a guide to decide what tech you use to maximize the time you can spend on things you value
  • How to think about the role of tech in your life
  • Deploying tech to support you in living life according to your values
  • Having a philosophy surrounding the use of tech in your life
  • How clutter is costly
  • Adding up the cost and value of something
  • The importance of optimization in addition to the role of tech in our lives
  • Intentionality is satisfying
  • The 3 step process for implementing digital minimalism

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